Monday, October 31, 2011

Only if He Asks

We were watching the show called "The Amazing Race" where teams of two travel all over the world trying to be the first to complete assigned tasks. At the end of the season, the winning team gets $1 million. In last night's episode, the teams were in Africa, and they had to hire drivers with trucks to transport them, with their bed frames, to a destination. It was clearly evident that they were in a poverty stricken area.

When they arrived at the destination, they were to pay the driver then race to the checkpoint while carrying their beds. One of the teams arrived at the checkpoint in first place, but they had forgotten to pay their driver. They were told they couldn't check in until they went back and paid.  As they were on their way back, the camera showed another team who had arrived and were preparing to carry their beds to the checkpoint. One team member said, "Do we need to pay the driver?", to which the other replied, "Only if he asks."

Have you ever had to be asked to do the right thing?  I'm sure I have, even though I always try to do what's right.  Sometimes we get so caught up in our own game, we forget about what it means to someone else when we don't do the right thing, and just blow it off.  If those teams had not been told to go back and pay their drivers, the drivers may not have been able to feed their families that night.  We've become so accustomed to having an abundance, we forget what it's like for those that are just barely scraping by.

Be on your guard and do the right thing ... even if it's an act of generosity and not an obligation.  You will be a blessing to others, and you'll feel great about helping others in the process.

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